Splash Pads Vs. Pools For Your Backyard

There are many advantages to living in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, especially at this time of year. As your friends and family back home are being buried alive in the latest snowpocalypse, the only thing we are shoveling is sunshine and the only salt we are spreading is the salt on the rims of our margaritas! Phoenix life is a good life, but we do have the scorching heat of summer as our burden to bear, a burden that can be greatly eased with the construction of a water structure in your own backyard! From misters attached to the edge of your gazebo cover to the crystal clear waters of your own personal pool, the water brings relief from the rising mercury but it also brings more decisions to be made! Do you want to let your children chill in the fun provided by a colorful splash pad or do you prefer to end your days with a leisurely swim in your own private Arizona pool? New Image Landscape and Pools is here to help you make the right decision for your family!

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The Pros of Splash Pads

There are many reasons why you may choose to install a splash pad in your backyard as opposed to a pool, beginning with yard size. Arizonans know that many of our homes come on quite small lots that don’t leave room for a pool, but most properties DO have the space for a splash pad! The expenses associated with this water equipment are far lower too, although they do have the capability of creeping up in price the fancier you get. Designed to spark the imagination of the youngsters who will revel in their coolness, a splash pad can range from a few squares of material upon which small jets send water streaming into the air to a massive structure filled with multiple water features including colorful mushrooms and even buckets that fill up and then dump their “treasure” on to the eagerly awaiting victims below! Also costing less in upkeep, they can be the ideal addition to the yard of a budget conscious family. Another reason for their popularity is the safety factor. The fear of pool emergencies may keep a young family from even considering the benefits, but a splash pad is safe, sanitary, and can help extend outdoor summer play time by more than a few weeks!

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The Beauty of an Arizona Pool

Splash pads can be a wonderful addition to your personal oasis, but the benefits of a pool may be just what your soul needs. Pools can also be constructed in a variety of sizes, so some of the smaller yards may be able to hold a smaller pool that will help keep you cool in the on the hottest days of the year. Bringing a peace and tranquility to the yard, many pools are equipped with color changing lights that can illuminate your yard in a fun way and the sounds of water tumbling over the rocks on a pool with a waterfall can add to the peace in your home. Pools are great choices for those who are looking to add a little more exercise to their daily routine. Swimming laps, practicing your water aerobics skills, or simply dancing to the music you are streaming through speakers hidden in artificial rocks can be a fun way to work away the pounds! And at night, on those days when the temperatures are still in the triple digits even after the moon is firmly ensconced in the sky, a quiet swim through silky waters will do something that the most expensive air conditioning system often fails to accomplish. The seemingly bathwater temps of your deep summer pool can bring down your core body temperature and upon occasion, has even been known to induce goosebumps and chattering teeth!

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Why not Both?

If your budget and your yard are big enough, there is no reason you can’t construct both in your backyard! Your yard will be the gathering point in the neighborhood as hordes of kids descend upon you, for long leisurely days of pool AND splash pad fun! Segment off a section of your yard for a splash pad designed for the toddler gang in your Mommy and Me classes and fence off the enticing and beautiful pool for the safety of your family and your neighbors! Weekends are meant for pool parties and yours will be known to be legendary, but only a select few will realize that your inviting back yard serves multiple purposes. It keeps you and your family cool, attracts the neighborhood kids to your yard, and enables you to ALWAYS know what your own kiddos are doing as they are playing in the backyard “waterpark” with all their friends! Give us a call today and let’s get started constructing the backyard of your dreams!

Pool Tile and Deck Guide

As summer winds down and the fall months start to slowly bring the scorching temperatures down to a heat that we can handle, you may have finally reached the end of your rope. You have made the decision to not go through another season of unbearable heat without a pool to help cool your body and your temper, and because you understand the supply issues the entire country has been dealing with, you have probably already started the construction process. As a matter of fact, you may right now be at the point of choosing finishing touches such as the tiles that will trim your crystal-clear pool and the decking that surrounds your backyard oasis. These decisions may seem decorative, but the reality is they are very important ones to make, especially as you need the decking to stay as cool as possible and you want something in the pool that makes it look beautiful but is easy to maintain. This guide to Arizona pool tile and deck options will help make the decision easy!

The Jewelry for Your Arizona Pool

Pool tiles come in many shapes, sizes, styles, and designs, and although they do increase the beauty of your pool, they also can help in a small way to keep the water cooler, especially when you choose a ceramic or porcelain tile that doesn’t absorb heat. This classic choice comes in every color under the sun, allowing pool owners to get a little crazy, should they choose.

Glass tiles come in small squares and are a little more involved when it comes to installation. Adding an iridescent look to your backyard lagoon, it can take up to four to six weeks to complete the installation, but because the glass is recycled and the end look is breathtaking, it may be the option that makes you happiest! Also available in mosaic, today’s pool owners are discovering that they can add a sea turtle or mermaid to the floor of the pool, upping the cool factor immensely! Mosaic tiles may come in a variety of glass and ceramic and can really add that finishing touch of perfection to your design, just as a pair of earrings or a beautiful bracelet finishes off the outfit you choose to wear for a night on the town.

Our final option for the day is stone tiles, which give your pool an elegantly natural appearance. They can be a little more expensive and require more maintenance, but their simple beauty can change the look of your yard! Stone is porous and water can damage it, so you will need to seal it every couple of years, but if you are good with the extra work, it is a wonderfully natural choice.

Keeping It Cool and Safe

Now it is time to walk over and explore the decking options that are open to you, and as we mentioned earlier, this can be one of the most important decisions you make, as you must consider slipperiness and temperature. Midwesterners are probably used to wood pool decks that surround their above ground pools, but neither are a very good option in the arid desert environment, so we are going to stick to the common desert choices.

The coolest of all your choices will be, of course, the textured spray coatings you see on most of the pools in the state. It offers one of the lower costs and comes in a variety of colors and styles, so feel free to get a little creative! Pavers are another budget conscious choice, again offering a variety of colors and styles to ensure your pool is unlike any other, but some can be too slippery, and others can absorb too much heat, so if you make this decision, we can sit and talk with you about what you need to watch out for and which choices are best.

Our last decking choice of the day can add a dramatic look to your backyard and also happens to be something we have already discussed. Natural stone can “flow” from the pool trim to the pool deck and can create a cohesive look that appeals to all those who crave order and symmetry in their lives! Offering everything from slate to sandstone to travertine—the most common out here in the desert, as it doesn’t absorb heat—the beauty of stone can make your yard the envy of your neighborhood!

So Much More

Your choices for pool tile and decking are only limited by your imagination and your budget, and obviously, the items we talked about here are just the beginning! Give us a call today and let’s work together to create a pool design that will bring you pleasure for years to come.

It’s Never Too Soon to Break Ground on Your New Arizona Pool!

This time of year, when the mercury drops and the rain starts falling, we tend to forget all about the broiling days of summer. Call it our brain’s way of protecting us to ensure that we don’t pack up and move away, but we begin to feel the chill will last forever. Which, of course, it won’t. In a few short weeks, the days will be longer, the nights will be shorter, and the golden orb that is perpetually hanging around the desert sky will bring broiling temps. And depending on what you do in the next month or so, you could be spending your summer days chilling in your new Arizona pool, or you could be doing the same thing you did last year: hanging your heaviest blackout curtains on the windows, turning the AC down, and wishing you could get out for a minute or two without self-combusting into a pile of charred embers! The choice is yours, and we’re here to help show you that it’s never too soon to break ground on your new pool!

The First Step is Choosing New Image Landscape and Pools

You’ve seen the images of our work in our gallery, and now that you’ve chosen us to build your own dream pool, it is time draw up the proper plans. The more detailed the plans, the less chance for mistakes, which is why you chose us in the first place! Your land will need to be blue staked next; this service is free and will help you avoid the deadly error of destroying any utility lines or gas pipes hidden under the surface. These beginning stages can be boring, but they are important to the integrity of the pool build, and before long, the fun begins!

From excavation, where we take your well-manicured backyard and turn it into a construction zone, to plumbing, rebar, and electrical work, you can follow the process daily from the windows of your home. Each day brings about a new and exciting aspect to your pool and soon, after inspection, it will be time for shotcrete, decking, and the waterline tile. The final step (before filling it with water) is shooting the interior. Today’s options are plentiful, and you can choose the color and the materials to make this pool look even better than you dreamed. Filling, then preparing the start-up is the final step, which as you can see, has been quite lengthy!

Arizona Pools – Now You Know

It generally takes a couple of months or more from the planning stage to floating on your flamingo raft with a tropical drink in hand, and if you don’t want to start pool season locked away in your home, calling us today is essential! Let’s make your summer dreams come true!

Saltwater Vs. Fresh Water Pools

There was once a time when pool variances were rare. Homeowners were able to pick from a small selection of chlorine pool styles and then would pay an arm and a leg, wait months for it to be built, and be happy; it’s no wonder the not very efficient above ground pool went through a brief period of popularity! Today, however, is another story altogether. Choosing from styles of all shapes and sizes, surface materials, depths, and even edge styles makes the process a bit more complicated, and when you add the choice of saltwater versus fresh water, it should make you glad that you have us on your side to help you interpret your Arizona pool choices!

The Popular Choice

Although chlorine works perfectly well, the benefits of a salt water pool make them the most popular choice in new Arizona pool builds. Saltwater pools are much better at maintaining the chemical balance needed for clarity and health, and because saltwater pools convert salt particles to chloritic acid, which is the purest form of chlorine, it helps keep the pH levels from fluctuating.

Another saltwater pool characteristic is the lower amount of chloramines that are produced by oxidation; chloramines are the irritants in chlorine that burn your eyes, leaving them red and irritated. And although many people worry that a saltwater pool will make the skin dry and itchy much as a swim in the ocean would, the levels of salt parts per million (ppm) in a pool average about 2800 to 4200; for comparison, salt levels in the sea run about 35,000 ppm. The softer water of saltwater pools leaves the pool running smoother, cleaner, and may help people with skin allergies suffer less reactions.

While a saltwater pool costs more to set up initially, maintenance costs are low enough to help pool owners make up the difference in the long run.

Still a Viable Solution for You Arizona Pool

The startup cost of a saltwater pool can make it difficult for homeowners on a limited budget to afford, so if a chlorine pool is all that your budget can withstand, go with that option. Chlorine pools can be converted to saltwater at any time, so choosing this alternative doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to chlorine forever—you’re just putting it off for a minute or two!

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The Importance of Shock in a Pool

You may have heard the term “shock” pool bandied about among pool owners. This is actually a very important aspect of pool maintenance. Shocking a swimming pool—also called super chlorination—is actually a very important step in pool management, so it’s important that you understand the when, why, and how of shocking a pool. Most pool owners don’t even think about shocking their pools until they step out and see either algae, cloudy water, or both. However, by shocking the pool, these issues can be avoided.

Why Do You Need to Shock Your Pool?

When people swim in the pool, organics and contaminants are introduced into the water through things like saliva, sweat, skin cells, body lotions, urine, and many other such things. Natural contaminants such as leaves and dirt can also contaminate the water. These substances are a food source for algae and bacteria. Using pool sanitizers (such as chlorine) can kill the bacteria/algae and breakdown contaminants.

Types of Pool Shock

Essentially, there are two different types of pool shock: chlorine and non-chlorine. When using chlorine, the levels of chlorine in the pool raised very high to destroy contaminants. When using this type of pool shock, you have to wait for the chlorine levels to lower to normal levels before you can use the pool. This can take time, and testing is required.

With non-chlorine treatments, potassium monopersulfate is used rather than chlorine. While it is effective at oxidizing contaminants, it will not kill bacteria. The main benefit of this type of pool shock is that you don’t have as long of a wait to use the pool afterwards.

Maintaining your pool’s proper chemical balance can reduce the need to shock your pool. And of course, this is done through regular maintenance and monitoring of chemical levels. However, you may find that even the best monitoring and care can cause issues with your pool. This can happen through heavy use, after a rain or windstorm, or even after a water change.

The professionals at New Image Landscape and Pools understand all the intricacies of caring for your pool and the times when it may be necessary to shock your pool. If you feel your pool needs a shock, or you just want more information about the proper maintenance and care, just give us a call.

How to Make Your Pool High-Tech!

Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can make our chores easier and allow us to spend more time enjoying our technology-driven playthings and less time maintaining them. Take your average backyard pool, for example. In the old days, we were lucky to have a kidney shaped pool with a single light and a single-phase pump circulating the pool, with no more than a 1.0 or 1.5 horsepower motor. Today’s technology, however, offers bells and whistles you never dreamed of, with most actions being controlled by a single app on your phone, computer, or tablet. Lower energy bills, colorful lights, and pools that clean themselves can be yours when you turn your pool into a smart pool with technology and automation.

Integrated into Your Smart Home System

A smart home plus a smart pool equals one very happy homeowner, and most automation systems will integrate with your smart home systems. The automation total control system will replace your traditional subpanel breaker box, with all the leading manufacturers making smart systems to automate their own equipment. Start with a variable speed pump, the latest and greatest ways to circulate, filter, and clean your pool while using less energy, thereby costing less money. These money savers are required by law in most states, including Arizona, California, and Nevada, and can be controlled by the smart app on your phone.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

The standard pool cleaners are water powered gadgets that randomly run around the pool only when the pump is circulating, but a robotic cleaner runs independent from the pool equipment, plugs into an outlet, maps out your pool, and never covers the same spot twice. They also do a better job at climbing and scrubbing the walls; the only downside is they won’t connect to your smart pool app. Some cleaners do have their own separate app, however, and can cost you anywhere from $800 to $1800 depending on the sophistication of the unit.

LED Lighting & Water Features

Advances in pool technology have also improved the lighting and water feature areas of your pool. LED lighting connects to your pool app and offers a variety of colors and modes that can be set to go on and off with timers controlled by your app. Smaller accent lights can be used in shallower and darker areas of your pool, thus illuminating them better for nighttime swimming. Finally, LED sheer descents provide a glasslike waterfall effect, and LED-lighted jets offer a pool lighting show that will amaze and awe your family and friends!

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Top Five Tips for Irrigating a Large Lawn in Arizona

You’ve got the property, you’ve got the house, and you’ve got the lawn—a big, beautiful, lush green lawn. You’ve also got the desert environment of Arizona, but you’re determined to keep your perfect lawn from succumbing to the arid Southwestern climate, even in the face of blistering heat and periodic water usage restrictions. There are a whole host of things you can do to minimize water usage, yet still keep your lawn healthy and happy, too many to list here; however, here’s the top five lawn maintenance tricks you can do to maintain a thriving lawn even under the most adverse of conditions.


Instead of watering your lawn daily, water every two to three days. In the evening is the best time to water, as the heat of the day will cause evaporation and the water doesn’t have a chance to get to the roots. Be sure that your sprinklers are watering only the grass, not the driveway or walkways. If you haven’t already, replace your sprinkler heads with water-economical sprinkler heads, and if you have a broken one, replace it immediately. Putting a timer on your irrigation system ensures that your lawn will receive the right amount of water at the right times. Low areas with puddles should be leveled to ensure even water distribution.


Creating shaded or semi-shaded areas will minimize water usage. It is advisable to put multiple timers on different segments of your irrigation system, allowing full control of watering time and frequency in different areas; shaded areas do not need as much water as full sun areas.


When mowing, leave the grass clippings on your lawn rather than using a grass catcher. The clippings will mulch into the lawn and create a protective moisture-holding layer. As they decay, they also provide nutrients to the roots, so your lawn will require less fertilizer over time. Don’t cut your lawn super-short, as the soil will dry out quicker. Adjust your mower height to its highest or close to it. Taller grass blades help mitigate rapid evaporation.


Even if you had put down an ample layer of topsoil when you originally seeded your lawn, over time the organic matter deteriorates, becomes devoid of essential nutrients, and loses its water retention capacities. Annually topping your lawn with a layer of sphagnum peat moss will restore the moisture-holding top layer, and as it gradually composts into the soil it will nourish the roots and improve soil structure. Top dress your lawn with a 1/4- to 1/2-inch layer of peat moss and rake it in.


Using an aerating tool on your lawn allows the roots access to oxygen that is necessary for healthy root growth. Aerating also improves water and fertilizer retention capacity, and alleviates soil compaction, making for deeper root growth and a healthy, vigorous lawn that requires less watering.

5 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summer Sun Refuge

Some people think that Arizonans can’t enjoy the outdoors in summer; this is simply not true. Your yard is a beautiful part of your home, and you should be able to enjoy it any time of year. To work around the scorching summers, consider these five landscaping features you can add to your backyard:

Pagodas and Ramadas

These features are ideal for creating shade, and work best with other man-made features such as chairs, tables, and built-in barbecues. They provide the perfect place for congregating, whether for breakfast or a party. They’re also popular places to mount TVs and sound systems—for some, the shade is just a bonus!

Shade Trees

Trees can take some investment, but are well worth the outcome. Not only do they add natural beauty to your yard, but they also provide protection from the sun. Consider combining shade trees with other features to minimize how much sunlight hits your favorite places in the yard—for instance, having shade trees that will block the sunlight from hitting beneath your pagoda until the sun is high enough for the pagoda to be in the shade.


Arizona may be the only place where people complain that their pool is too hot, but waterfalls are a clever way to address that complaint. Add a waterfall to your pool, and even the sound it makes will feel refreshing! It adds place of respite to the pool, where you can float or stand beneath the cascade and let it cool you off.


These are popularly employed by restaurants to make their outdoor seating areas more pleasant—why not have them in your own backyard? Misters can be set up right next to the pool to make lounging more luxurious, or can be mounted from pagodas and ramadas to make seating areas all the nicer. Just turn them on whenever you go out you’ll no longer dread the heat!


Without proper lighting, you can’t enjoy your backyard at night—which is, by definition, the best time to avoid the sun. Lighting should be considered after you’ve already decided on what you want your backyard to be for. Do you expect you’ll be enjoying nighttime swims, or are you aiming for backyard barbecues? When you know what you want out of your backyard, look at how the right lighting can improve the experience.

All These and More!

If you want to enjoy any of these sun-busting features this summer, call New Image Landscape and Pools today at 480-654-4422 to get your renovations underway!

Arizona Pool Filters: What You Need to Know

If your concerned about the cleanliness of your pool, make sure you have a good grasp on how pool filters impact the overall system. One way to improve your filter is to understand the differences between the types of filters, as well as knowing which filter will fit the needs and standards you have for your pool. Luckily for you, we’ve know all there is to know about pools and Arizona pool filters. Keep reading to learn more about the impact of pool filters; understanding this aspect of how your pool works will prove beneficial in the long run!

Different Types of Arizona Pool Filters

There are three different kinds of pool filters: D.E. (diatomaceous earth), sand, and cartridge filters. These filters are important because they prevent algae and other bacteria from growing in your pool. Filters are what make your pool clear, so these items are good to know about; we know that no one likes a green pool!

Diatomaceous Earth

D.E. uses exoskeletons of diatom, a type of algae, to work like sand and catch particles and microns that would grow in one’s pool. It’s an outstanding process of filtration, but sits on the pricy side, both in initial cost and maintenance. Nevertheless, it will really get the job of filtration done!


A sand filter is exactly what it sounds like: a large tank with sand where water gets pushed through. The sand filters out any contaminants before they reach the pool. It’s a great system for catching small particles; in fact, particles as small as 20 microns can get caught in a sand filter. Though not as energy efficient, sand filters have a very easy maintenance process and can last up to seven years.


Cartridge filters sit in a small tank. Water comes in through the surface area, hits the cartridge in its middle, and filters down, taking contaminates with it. Those contaminates are then picked up by a paper-like material in the cartridge. To clean the cartridge, one can just take it out and spray it down with hose. It’s energy efficient, low cost, and effective.

What’s Best for Your Pool?

When it comes to this question, it all depends! For those that want the clearest pool, diatomaceous earth will do the job. For those that want the least maintenance, a sand filter will be your best bet. For those that want an energy and cost-efficient filter that keeps the pool just as clean, they’ll want to go for the cartridge. It just depends on the needs of each pool owner and the region and environment they live in.

Give us a call and we’ll help you decide what will work best for you and your pool. We love guiding customers into satisfaction. After knowing what you know now about pool filters, you may not even need our feedback; you may already know which one you want. Contact us today and we’ll help you get the filter that’s best for you.

Arizona Pool Tips to Give Some Reprieve from the Sun

Wondering how you can bring shade to your pool and get a break from the sun? Well, New Image Landscape and Pools has some great options to make your pool a hub for relaxation. Check out our Arizona pool tips and ideas below!

Pool Bars

A pool bar is exactly what you think it is! It’s a bar complete with bar stools, a surface to place your drink, and an area where the bartender and the drinks stay dry! The pool bar comes with a shaded structure, like an umbrella to keep you and your drinks cool. Just swim up to your pool bar, have a drink and enjoy a nice read. You won’t regret having shade that also provides your favorite drinks!


This easy to install shade structure resembles a gazebo, just with a little more flair and design! A pagoda consists of four posts and multiple beams across the top. Pagodas can be decorated with vines or used as an additional space for entertainment near your pool. The word pagoda originally refers to Hindu and Buddhist temples that were created with Asian influence and multiple tiers. Though the landscape version has a simpler purpose, feel free to let history inspire the design of your pagoda by adding some ornamental flair to it. You and your guests will feel as if you are enjoying an oasis in a faraway land!


Including a waterfall in your pool has multiple benefits! But if designed just right, your waterfall can create a magical resting place behind its falling water—a shady and cool enclave! This feature stands out among the other benefits in that it provides a quiet oasis where one can escape the harsh desert sun and find a place to meditate on the beauty of streaming water. So make sure when including your waterfall that you dream up a design that includes a shady enclave where you can sit and take in the coolness of your oasis!

Contact Us for More Arizona Pool Tips

Did you find yourself feeling excited while reading about these shade structures? If so, we want to help take that excitement and translate it into a design that will make your dream pool a reality. We will help you with the logistics of details, designs and the work it will take to make it happen. Contact us today to learn more about how to get started and receive our services!